Level 5 Certified National Bail Agent

I am a level 5 nationally certified California Bail Bond Agent. I have been attending the national bail conference for nearly 12 years in a row. I will be attending next months national conference and speaking on “Using Technology in Business”

Hope to see all bail agents there. Come down, lets talk shop!

Sean Cook

Premiere Bail Bonds of California

 

Minnesota Bail Bonds

We are excited to announce the opening of McCabe Bail Bonds in Saint Cloud Minnesota. Mr. McCabe has been in the banking industry and is now moving into the bail bond industry. While he has little experience he is learning from his family in California who has been in the business since 1992.

McCabe Bail Bonds will be open 24 hours 7 days a week. We will service all of the following areas and some of the outlying areas for larger cases.

St. Cloud (Stearns)

Foley (Benton)

Elk River (Sherburne)

Milaca (Mille Lacs)

Cambridge (Isanti)

Mora (Kanabac)

Little Falls (Morrison)

Brainerd (Crow Wing)

Buffalo (Wright)

Willmar (Kandiyohi

At McCabe Bail Bonds you will be treated with the respect you deserve and in a discreet manner. Your information is completely confidential and your information will never be used for anything other than your case. We are backed by an “A” Rated insurance company with a network of a few thousand agents.

We look forward to serving the Saint Cloud area for all its bail bond needs.

Sean McCabe

http://www.McCabeBailBonds.com

320-244-4163

 

Public Defenders are to Private Attorneys what Detention Release is to Private Bail.

Public Defenders are to Private Attorneys what Detention Release is to Private Bail. What I mean by this is that public defenders are cutting into the business of private attorneys the same way Detention Release is cutting into the private bail bond business. While there is a place for both government entities (for the indigent) private industry and small businesses are being hurt and usually private gets better results for clients at no cost to tax payers. And even if the results are the same its at no cost to the tax payer. The burden of the cost is only to the family or the defendant himself.

We seem to have a legal system that feels it must help and do everything for free for the people that commit crimes. I say NO! Personally I think people are held accountable only to themselves and to their family. We post bonds all the time for parents that never had a clue their son had a drug problem and feel like they failed their son by not getting him the help he needed. Not until that parent was forced to post bail did they find out about his drug problem. Yet this same client had 4 prior drug arrests for possession of controlled substance, 3 under the influence of controlled substance, 1 probation violation and 1 transportation for sales.

Not until he was forced to post bail did he have to involve his family. Mom and dad certainly did not want to spend thousands on bail and an attorney but they were more than willing to help him get the help he needed. These most recent clients posted $2,o00 for bail, upwards of $8,000 for the attorney and now spending $20,000 per month in a treatment program.

So I ask; what is better: a government system that allows a young man a revolving door in and out of custody and low level government sponsored treatment programs with low accountability or a system where his family steps in? Remember most defendants see it as a revolving door and rarely have to involve friends or family in their cases all the while costing tax payers millions of dollars. Im not saying that everyone can afford what these parents did for their son but for the ones that can afford it they should be held accountable for it. And families and defendants should be reviewed and qualified to be approved for government sponsored programs that cost tax payers millions. Just like food stamps, to qualify you must be under a certain income level to receive government assistance.

 

Do Lawyers Tweet?

Promote Your Practice – 140 Characters at a Time  
At first, the terms tweet and lawyer don’t quite seem as though they ought to be next to each other.  After all, tweeting isn’t exactly something you have time to do, right?  Twitter is for people fond of being on their phones all the time.  Twitter is full of inane bits of someone’s day, right?

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Twitter can have a practical use for your practice.  Not every Twitter user posts about what they ate for lunch, and not ever Twitter user is the same.  Many businesses have since joined in with Twitter, such as bail bonds companies, judges and people who like what those businesses have to say will follow them.  By following, they see each and every tweet made by that company.  This can be a great way to utilize social media for your legal practice.

What to Say?  
Knowing what to say is part of the challenge of Twitter when you want to interest people enough to follow you.  How can you set your practice apart from others?  What can you offer them in just 140 characters?

A solid choice is to give people small pieces of legal advice.  Readers are more interested when you can provide them with something useful rather than simply tweeting about how great your practice may be.  Don’t tell them – prove it to them.  If you can’t fit in what you want to say with a tweet, then that is where a blog can come in handy.  You can insert small links into tweets, which will then redirect people to your blog, website, or other useful location.  Make it worth their while so that they will be intrigued enough to follow you.

Followers to Clients  
Don’t forget to let people know every now and then what area your practice is located.  That way anyone considering being a potential client will know where to look.  Be sure to provide links to your website or contact information in your main Twitter profile.  Make it easy for people to get in touch with you.  Every now and then tweet about the services you offer and what ways you can help clients.  That way people will be reminded about what you can do and if your practice is the one they want to go to should they encounter a problem.

You don’t need to inundate people with tweets, either.  Too many can be overwhelming and potentially lose followers.  A few tweets every week should suffice.  And don’t forget – when people tweet you with questions or comments, don’t forget to reply!

How to Make Social Media Work for You

Showcasing Your Legal Practice Online  
Today, social media has become bigger and more widespread than ever.  It has given millions of people access to all sorts of things they may have never had access to before, from being able to reach out to companies to finding long lost friends after decades of separation.  The power of social media is not something to be ignored, especially because it can give you the power to reach out to many, many people that might otherwise never know your business existed.
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There are a great number of locations you can place your business online.  Aside from having your website as the main hub of activity (think of it as your online office – where you want everyone to eventually go to contact you), you need to consider what social media sites you will want to place your business.  It doesn’t matter how big or small your legal practice is – crafting artisans to huge corporations like Target and Frito-Lay have profile and social media sites.  Many bail bond companies use social media as well.  These sites are free marketing that you should take advantage of as much as possible.  

Which Sites to Choose?  
Everyone knows about Facebook and Twitter and those should be given serious consideration due to their massive reach.  They have the potential to expand exponentially – Facebook especially.  If someone with just 100 friends on Facebook likes your page, those 100 people will be able to see it.  If they also like what they see, then all of their friends will see it, and so on.  All they have to do is press a small button and word of your practice spreads.  Television ads are costly and are only seen by a set audience – who can change the channel at any given moment.  Your name will linger on someone’s Facebook page to be seen for a long time.  It’s not invasive and those who do see it will already know that their friend is comfortable associating with your business.  That’s much different than a stranger telling them to contact you.

However, there are sites other than Facebook you should consider joining.  LinkedIn is excellent because it is more formal and professional than Facebook.  People may feel more comfortable contacting you about questions or becoming clients through a professional oriented site.  The trick is to figure out how to manage the nature of social media with your site.  Social media is primarily for entertainment – people don’t go on Facebook to look for legal advice, they go to have fun and interact with others.  You need to comb through various social networking sites and choose those that will best work for you.

Outside of Social Networks  
Remember that social media isn’t just about sites like Facebook.  You can always use other social outlets such as YouTube, blogs, bookmarking sites, and other ways to interact with people online and show them your practice and what you can offer.  For example, you can post informational tips regarding various areas of law, presented by some of your lawyers.  People are more trustworthy of those that share knowledge, and the next time they realize they need legal help, may remember your videos and feel comfortable contacting your practice.

Keep your online profiles as professional as possible even at websites where people aim to have fun.  You always want to be viewed in the correct manner so people take you seriously when they have a problem.  When done right, social media can be a great way to bring in additional clients with nothing more than clicks of a mouse and strokes on a keyboard.

The Benefits of Social Media for Your Services

Get Your Name Out There  
Giant retail stores, small home-town businesses and bondsman are all using the power of social media to their advantage.  If you still haven’t let your legal practice experience social media, then now is definitely the time to start.  Social media is an excellent method of free marketing.  There is literally no cost to you – you aren’t buying any advertising, you don’t need to build a brand new web page – all you need is a few minutes every few days to post updates to make your social media profile notably present.social media    Premiere Bail Bonds
There are dozens of various sites you can connect with to boost awareness of your practice.  This does not just mean joining Facebook.  While Facebook is great, it is still a single social networking site – if you can add in more media outlets, you will be even better able to make a niche for yourself online.

Videos, Tweets, Blogs, and More  
What will be most important to your business is providing people with useful content.  This may mean starting up a blog that provides readers with insights into various legal matters they may encounter in their lives.  Or you could set up a YouTube account and post videos of some of your lawyers offering tips for certain legal situations.  Depending upon where your practice is located, you may even be able to offer location-specific ideas that will really help draw local business to your office.

Social media is made up of a lot of different aspects of online interaction, which means finding ways to make your business relevant to these areas is important.  You may not be able to work your way into all of them, and that is fine.  You don’t want to stretch yourself too thin anyway – instead, choose some of the most prominent locations you believe will benefit your business the most and then begin posting and updating so people can see what your practice is about and how they might find you useful or interesting.

Plan a Little First  
While most individuals can jump onto Twitter or Facebook without thinking twice about it, it’s different for a business.  You need to consider what things you want to post.  What information do you want to include in your videos?  How many blogs do you want posted per week or per month?  How often should you Tweet, and what will you make of those 140 characters?

Planning ahead can help you craft a great online presence.  Once you start, keep it up.  Your followers will be interested in what you have to say, and because of your efforts you may earn new clients before you know it.

How Do Bail Bonds Work?

A Surety Bond  
Formally, a bail bond is known as a surety bond.  The purpose of it is to ensure that a defendant appears for his or her court date, but does not need to remain held until that time.  The bail bond allows the person to go free and continue on with his or her daily life until the court date.surety bond     Premiere Bail Bonds


You can contact a bail bond agency directly.  This is true even if you are a defendant.  However, others can also contact the agency, such as friends, relatives, or attorneys.

The Process  
Once the agency is contacted, basic information is collected so we understand the bigger picture.  We will be interested in understanding the situation, from where the detainee is currently being held to how long they have lived at their current residence.  A lot of factors can come into how the bond is handled.  The more information we have, the more efficiently we can work.

There are documents that need to be dealt with, and once we have them ready – and we know that speed is important – they can be signed and the process can continue.  Our agents will take the documents to the right facility and it is these documents that will secure the release of the defendant.  It may sound like something that takes a long time, but that’s actually not the case.  A quality agency knows how to complete the entire bail bond process in just an hour or two.  Premiere Bail Bonds has agents that are competent and ready to get the job done in excellent time.

Arrival  
The fee paid is mandated by state law, which means the State of California has determined how much you will pay our agency for our services.  The biggest difference, however, is in how you are treated.  Our agents go above and beyond with each and every client, which is what makes us first class in the bail bonds business.

Be aware of any bail bondsmen who boast that they offer cheap bonds.  These people may be violating state laws to try and get your business and should be avoided at all costs.  It is best to choose an agency that fully understands the business and will go the extra mile to ensure the bond is handled.  It can be the middle of the night and a great bail bonds agency can have you out in just a few hours.

We work in numerous areas, from Santa Ana to Los Angeles.  If you aren’t sure if Premiere Bail Bonds is available where you live, feel free to contact us and ask.

4 Online Marketing Strategies You May Want to Consider for Your Law Firm

If you’re like many firms these days, you’re probably looking to begin your law firm online marketing strategy as soon as possible. After all, there’s no better way to reach people these days, and it can be less expensive than you think. Wondering where to start? Here’s an overview of four of the most popular online marketing methods.

  1. Search Engine Optimization: You’ve probably heard about this one for a few years now, and it’s both the easiest and the most difficult method of marketing online. The goal here is to get your site in front of the right people when they type certain words into the search engines. For example, if you’re a DUI firm in Pasadena, you’d want people searching for “DUI lawyer Pasadena” to find you. That’s where optimization, commonly called SEO, enters the picture. Properly optimizing your site means entering the right keywords within the text of your site so the search engine spiders can see them. Googling something like “SEO Tips” though will bring you a flood of results, as this is a budding science, and many SEO firms will charge you thousands to “properly” optimize your site. The thing to remember here is that everyone is guessing about what works best, and while there are some proven methodologies, tackling the beginning steps on your own is a good online marketing method that will get you at least somewhere in the game. 
  2. Pay Per Click Marketing: This online marketing method is fairly costly, but it’s a good way to get your name out there fast. You’ll choose certain keywords to “bid” on. When someone types in that keyword in Google, Yahoo, or another search engine, and they click on your ad, you pay the search engine your bid amount. Where your ad gets placed in the line-up can be tricky, and it can get expensive fast, but if you have the cash to spend, this is a great way to get your name out there. 
  3. Blogging: Blogging is a great way to connect with lots of people and create an authoritative presence online. It’s important to note, though, that you actually have to have something to offer as a blogger. You can’t simply make every post a commercial for your law firm. Tracking headlines within your specialty, offering tips to your readers, and creating engaging content is an absolute must with every post. 
  4. Social Media Marketing: If you’re already on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, you at least know something of social media. Creating accounts for your firm is the perfect, free way to market your services online. Keep in mind, though, you actually have to become part of the community if you want people to take you seriously.

The Cost of Bail

Once you’ve been arrested, you may immediately be concerned with the potential costs of bail. After all, the arrest itself may not cost you anything, but by the time you factor in time away from your job, the lawyers’ fees, and the travel to and from your court appearances, the costs of bail can seem astronomical. Wondering how bail factors in? This overview can help.

Bail itself is actually set by the judge in your case. In most situations, though, you won’t actually have to pay the full amount of cash bail. In Los Angeles, bail bonds can make it much cheaper. Instead of paying the full amount, you just have to pay ten percent of the total amount. Even ten percent, though, can seem pricey in certain situations.Bail Bonds        Premiere Bail Bonds

You may have seen commercials or ads for that in Los Angeles bail bonds are at just 5%. Wondering why many reputable companies don’t offer an amazing deal like that one? The answer is simple – it’s illegal. The cost of a bail bond is set by the state of California. Getting cheap bail, anything less than 10%, is undoubtedly attractive, but it’s not legal. Understanding that the companies involved in illegally bailing a person out of jail simply aren’t reliable is a must when you start to consider your overall costs in the equation.

Fortunately, even if 10% does seem a bit costly, many good bail bond companies will have helpful payment plans and other options that make it possible to go ahead and bail someone out of jail without an issue. In some cases, you can even go with a collateral bond to make certain you have to provide very little cash up front.

It’s important to understand that the overall cost of the bond will change from company to company, so take a close look at the paperwork before you sign anything.

6 Key Advantages of Marketing Your Law Firm Online

Industries across the globe look to online marketing as their only source of marketing these days, and for good reason. The benefits are enormous. Attorneys, though, have been slow to jump on the virtual bandwagon for a variety of privacy and ethics concerns. If you’re not sure whether online marketing is right for your law firm, you may want to review the advantages before you decide this isn’t quite the right method for you.

  1. You can design a marketing campaign to reach potential clients with very little time and effort. Because these kinds of campaigns take so much less time, you can achieve your marketing goals in less time. 
  2. It’s far easier to reach your target audience when you’re marketing online. You already have people searching for your services when they find you, so you know you’re going to be a natural choice to meet their needs. 
  3. Using some marketing methods, it’s easy to track the analytics of your efforts. That allows you to adjust your campaigns for better effectiveness. 
  4. Online marketing actually gives you the chance to interact with your potential clients in a way you never thought possible. From directly answering their questions to giving your firm a real voice that customers need to hear, it’s the single most interactive form of marketing available today. 
  5. Online marketing gives you the chance to create a trustworthy, authoritative image of your firm online. Potential clients are likely to go with a firm they trust, and if you’re out there on a regular basis building that image for your firm, growth is the likely outcome. Most online marketing efforts are very inexpensive. Some are even free. You simply set your budget ahead of time, then design your campaigns around what you’d like to pay.

There are a number of reasons for online law firm marketing, but perhaps the most important one is that everyone is online these days. Whether they’re holding a laptop, a tablet, or their smartphone, online marketing is the single most effective way to reach more people.